March 24, 2008

The Luers Question

St. Joseph's Track Team stayed home during the Easter Tridium, forgoing the Hoosier State Relays -- but Bishop Luers' basketball team and Bishop Chatard's track team played and won on Saturday.
Last weekend, the Easter celebration, was the holiest of holy times on the Catholic calendar. During that time — from 5 p.m. Thursday through the rest of the weekend — the Fort Wayne-South Bend Diocese mandates that athletes at the Catholic high schools be restricted from practices or competitions.

I am inclined to agree with St. Joseph's. Sunday games and practices in many sports are becoming standard practice and would not have been allowed when we Sevens were in school. If Bishop Luers would have stood up and refused to play on Saturday due to the Tridium and Diocese rules, it would have been very hard for them to bear -- I wonder if they might have even lost some players to public schools off the team next year -- but it would have raised awareness of what the IHSAA is doing to the kids' family lives.

And we cannot know that the IHSAA would not have moved the game to avoid an outcry.

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